chipotle honey chicken poppers

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    honey chipotle chicken bites

    Guys. Remember my bang bang chicken? Of course you do. Well, I did it again. I took the base of that chicken dish and made another sauce that will make your brain explode. It’s so much better than the restaurant version. I’m sure healthier too cause I’m not frying it.

    honey chipotle chicken bites

    I know you’ve been to Chili’s before. You know, that chain restaurant that you probably went to in college cause you didn’t have money for something fancy schmancy. Or that first date you went on in high school. Haha, okay, Chili’s isn’t that bad. I’m giving it a bad rap. Don’t hate me! Chili’s can’t be that bad because they have this: chipotle honey chicken crispers. Fried chicken strips that are drenched in a sticky spicy sauce. Say whaaat?! Yeah, I told ya your mind would be blown.

    I found a copycat recipe online for these and omgosh they taste just like the ones at Chili’s. Oh, and what’s even better is that instead of chicken strips, I made them just like how the bang bang chicken was made, you know, to maximize the mouth stuffing since they’re bite sized pieces. You can tweak the spice levels too which is great. I can’t do spicy well (which is so unfortunate) so the ability to be able to tweak the amount of spice in this dish helps a lot.

    If you want to spice up your evening, give this sauce a try. OR you know what? You could make 1 batch of bang bang chicken and another batch of these babies and BAM! Superbowl snacks! 2 versions, super easy. Your friends will think you slaved over them ;)

    chipotle honey chicken poppers

    Chipotle Honey Chicken Poppers a copycat of Chili's that will blow your mind!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 50 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 850kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 5 chicken tenderloins, cubed

    For the sauce:

    • 2/3 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 cup ketchup
    • 1 tbsp white vinegar
    • 2 tsp chipotle powder, I only used 1 1/2 tsp
    • 1/2 tsp salt

    For the egg mixture:

    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/2 cup milk

    For the breading:

    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp dried basil


    • Prepare a plate lined with paper towels for the chicken after it's done cooking in the oil. Set aside.
    • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to mix. Turn off the heat and set aside.
    • In a small, shallow dish, combine the egg and milk. Set aside.
    • In another shallow dish, combine the ingredients for the breading. Set aside.
    • Bread the chicken cubes by first coating it in the bread mixture then the egg wash then back in the breading. Put the coated chicken cubes on a plate. Continue until all the chicken have been breaded.
    • Pop the plate of chicken in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It'll help the breading stick to the chicken.
    • In a large skillet, add a thin layer of vegetable oil and place over medium high heat.
    • Once the oil is glistening, add in the chicken (I did it in 2 batches so you don't overcrowd the pan) and cook the chicken until it's cooked through & the breading is nice and crispy brown.
    • Once the first batch is done, put the cooked chicken on the prepared plate with the paper towel. Continue with the second batch and once that's cooked, add that to the prepared plate.
    • In a large bowl, put in your cooked chicken and pour the sauce all over. Toss well to coat every bite.


    Source: adapted from
    Nutrition Facts
    chipotle honey chicken poppers
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 850 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Carbohydrates 128g43%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 97g108%
    Protein 42g84%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray says:

    These look so delicious! I just made honey chipotle turkey meatballs. It is such a great combo.

  • Michelle says:

    OH!!! I love that dish from Chilis! Can’t wait to make this recipe :)

  • Kelly Senyei says:

    OH. MY. GOSH. These look so insanely delicious and I cannot wait to try them. They’re perfect for Super Bowl snacking!

  • Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture says:

    YUM! definitely will need to try these soon!

  • Kathryn says:

    I do worry that I would basically eat my bodyweight in these.

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    Yum! This sounds awesome with the honey and ketchup mixture!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    these look awesome! you’re right – they’d be an awesome superbowl-watching snack. may have to whip some up!

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk says:

    Look awesome…between this and your bang bang chicken I don’t know where to start!

  • Krissy {Krissy's Creaions} says:

    I love that these are healthier and not fried! Great recipe :)

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Your version is so much quicker! I need to try it before husband deploys.

  • Renee says:

    Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers are my absolute favorite. That sauce is like crack. I’m more than reasonably excited to try this recipe!

  • beti says:

    they are perfect as an appetizer! I love sweet and spicy things

  • Jen @ pretty plate says:

    These wouldn’t last two seconds in this house!! YUM!

    : ))

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons says:

    if I show this to my husband he most certainly will leave me for you =) ohmygosh girl! I don’t even care – i’m showing him!

  • Maureen says:

    I may have to spoil my hubby and make these for him. What a great recipe. BTW, love your blog!

  • Deborah says:

    Seriously – I need these!! My mouth is watering!

  • Michelle says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! The only change I made was to omit the vinegar because I didn’t have any, but it still turned out delicious. I served it with bell pepper & onion over rice. This was a huge hit & I will definitely make it again. :-) Thanks for sharing a great recipe! I’m so glad I found your blog (yay, Pinterest!) & am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! I’m glad you found my blog too :)

  • Brittanie says:

    Awsome recipe I changed it up alittle I used Kentucky flour and roasted garlic bread crumbs also 1/4 honey 1/4 sugar because I didn’t have enough honey also used chipotle chile powder

    • Julie says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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